Tight contest in Warwick
CENTRAL Queensland rider Campbell Hodson could win his first national title in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association when he lines up in the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals this weekend.
Hodson is from Townsville but now calls Emerald in Queensland home.
He is also one of the top chances in the battle for the all around title but will have a tough battle against two riders from New South Wales and Victoria, and past champion Shane Kenny, who have all qualified in three events for the finals.
Hodson is on top in the rope and tie, and team roping header APRA standings, going into the national finals.
He won round 2 and was second in the rope and tie aggregate at this year’s Mt Isa Rodeo behind Yass (NSW) cowboy Clay Bush.
Hodson combined with Liam Davison of Charters Towers (Qld) to finish third in the team roping aggregate at Mt Isa.
Last year’s all-round title winner Shane Iker from Alton Downs (Qld) will be one to watch at the Warwick Showgrounds this week as he combined with Brenton Bell (Gracemere, Qld) to win the team roping at Mt Isa.
Iker and Hodson will need to perform well in their two events at the national finals as five of the best chances for the all around are each in three events.
Emerald (Qld) Kenny won the all around title in 2015 and is the leader in the all around going into the national finals and ranked second in each of his three events.
Bush and Heath Nichols (Scone, NSW), Lee Kimber (Lockington, Vic) and Terry Evison (Pine Grove, Vic) are each in three events at the national finals so have a realistic chance to win the all around title.
The all around cowgirl title is wide open with Jo Caldwell (Murrurundi, NSW), Cherie O’Donoghue (Lockington, Vic), and Shianne O’DonoghueKent (Bunyip, Vic) the three leaders going into the national finals.
IN CONTROL: Terry Evison from Victoria shows the kind of form that will challenge Queensland’s Campbell Hodson’s bid for his first national title in Warwick this weekend.